Pre-season friendly curse strikes again for NUFC

By Lee Ryder on Jul 18, 10 05:25 PM

Don't worry about it Steven Taylor you're in good company when it comes to getting injured during pre-season in a Newcastle United shirt.

Taylor gingerly trotted off at Brunton Park in the 3-0 win over Carlisle a little over 30 minutes into his comeback following a long lay off with a knee problem.

The unlucky defender has endured shoulder problems before after being rushed back from injury when he wasn't ready during the Graeme Souness era against Liverpool on Boxing Day 2005.

And while he was clutching his wrist and his finger it was familiar sight for Toon fans who made the journey to Brunton Park.

Just three years earlier Joey Barton smashed his foot at the start of his United career in a 1-1 draw with Sam Allardyce in charge which proved to be the beginning of a series of problems for the Scouser at Newcastle.

You probably won't recall memories of Mark Robinson breaking his leg at Hartlepool in a pre-season friendly.

In a disgraceful incident Robinson's leg was shattered by Ian McGuckin of Hartlepool with then boss of United Kevin Keegan vowing never to return to Victoria Park (or Ground as it was then) in protest.

KK said back then: "We came to Hartlepool to help the club out financially, and we've ended up with a player fighting to save his career."

That was in 1993 and just when you thought lightning couldn't strike twice Peter Beardsley just a week or so later was also in the treatment room.

This time the bad luck came at Anfield with Neil Ruddock's swinging an elbow into Beardo's face in Ronnie Whelan's testimonial during a 1-0 defeat and ruling the England star out of the start of the 93/94 campaign.

It just never seems straight forward in the world of Newcastle United does it?


Escobar said:

How can you not even mention Shearer getting injured in pre-season friendly against Everton when we just agreed a deal to sell Ferdinand? Our season was pretty much a right-off as Shearer was out for the majority of it!

Ryder's reply: I couldn't bring myself to talk about it pal, the memories are so painful.
I mean come on did you ever see Des Hamilton try his hand as a second striker that time?


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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